Thoroughbred Sport Horse Divisional Award Winners Announced

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Divisional winners of the Rood & Riddle Sport Horse Award for 2014 will be honored on Jan. 17 at the United States Equestrian Federation Silver Spur Awards held at the Lexington Convention Center.

The Sport Horse Awards are given each year to Thoroughbreds participating in their second careers as performance horses in jumper, hunter, eventing and dressage competitions throughout the year. Thoroughbreds are bred to be superior athletes and, therefore, excel in all disciplines. These awards were created to celebrate the horses that best represent their breed in these four disciplines.

Competitors earn points toward the Rood & Riddle Thoroughbred Sport Horse Awards at USEF-sanctioned events during the show season, and the open divisional awards go to the highest point earners. Rookie awards in each division ensure that newcomers are recognized as well. A Horse of the Year is chosen among the open winners by a panel of celebrities. This award is presented at the annual Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association awards banquet held in September.

"Thoroughbred horses have so much left to give once they retire from the track. It is very exciting to see Rood & Riddle, USEF and TOBA supporting the second careers of these great athletes. Their support helps solidify that these animals are still valued and viable even as their racing careers end, with many going on to competitive show careers."

– Sarah Coleman, New Vocations Director of Education and Development

2014 Rookie Winners:

  • Hunter Division: Pardoned (Jockey Club Name: Proud Chestnut), by Horse Chestnut, out of In by Six. Owned by Kimberly Nevitt of Pa.
  • Jumper Division: Counting Stars (Jockey Club Name: Cyclone Canyon), by Demidoff, out of Tokyo Spy. Owned by Kathryn Ott of Minn.
  • Dressage Division: Embracing Picasso, by Fleet Foot out of Embracing Beauty. Owned by Patricia Weston of N.J.
  • Eventing Division: Bayr Necessity (Jockey Club Name: Torvald), by Northern Afleet out of Blue Northern. Owned by Michelle Gauchat of Ky.

2014 Open Winners:

  • Hunter Division: Early Note, by Seeking Daylight out of Music Music Music.  Owned by Richard Blue of Md. 
  • Jumper Division: Panache (Jockey Club Name: Quarter Circle), by Victorious out of Sorted Change. Owned by Chris Falewitch of Neb.
  • Dressage Division: Mudzima, by Tralos out of Topsy. Owned by Jacqueline Greener of Pa.
  • Eventing Division: Mensa G (Jockey Club Name: Merisa G), by Colonial Affair out of Fire The Secretary. Owned by Carl Bouckaert, Michael and Natalie Pollar of Ga.


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